verb (used with object), ac·tu·at·ed, ac·tu·at·ing.
Origin of actuate
Related formsac·tu·a·tion, nounde·ac·tu·ate, verb (used with object), de·ac·tu·at·ed, de·ac·tu·at·ing.self-ac·tu·at·ing, adjectiveun·ac·tu·at·ed, adjective
Examples from the Web for actuate
The secret motives which actuate that mysterious woman are also impenetrable, but her fidelity is beyond a doubt.
We can turn inward, and contemplate the motives which govern, and the views which actuate us.Sermons on Various Important Subjects|Andrew Lee
It is impossible to be sure as to the mysterious motives that actuate many of these remote African tribes.Allan and the Holy Flower|H. Rider Haggard
These represent the main tendencies which actuate mankind in public affairs—the go-ahead and the stand-still.Practical Politics; or, the Liberalism of To-day|Alfred Farthing Robbins
He had never dared to actuate the "hired man," his father, on a basis of fact.The Desert and The Sown|Mary Hallock Foote